The Brooklyn Dodgers and checkers used to go hand-in-hand.
Featured above is a vintage 1916 International Film Service press photo of former Dodgers pitcher Ed Appleton, and as you can see he is sporting an ol' checkerboard style Brooklyn uni (eBay Auction Link). BTW, Appleton is the only Dodger player in their history to have been born on a Leap Day, Feb. 29, 1892.
Below are more links to check out:
- Happy Birthday, Joe Stripp, Red Durrett, Dick Tracewski & Skip Schumaker!
- Bob Miller appears to be doing fine. Per Ian Smith at Rink Royalty; "Los Angeles Kings Broadcaster Bob Miller Leaves Hospital." Bob suffered a mile stroke this past weekend, during All-Star weekend in LA, and spent a few days in the hospital recovering. As you may know, Bobe underwent quadruple bypass surgery last year.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers Foundation gives back to community: Programs benefiting youth receive $3 million in grants, investments."
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "MLB unveils 2017 spring training baseball hats." Check out the Dodgers version below.
- Via Jim Callis at MLB.com writes a bit about Dodger prospect Yadier Alvarez; "Top 100 prospects with the best pitching arsenals."
Alvarez entered pro ball with much more fanfare after defecting from Cuba, costing Los Angeles not just his $16 million bonus, but also a matching tax penalty for exceeding its international spending pool. His arm speed and athleticism produce overpowering stuff: a 75 fastball that sits in the mid-90s and tops out in the triple digits, a 60 slider in the mid-80s and a 55 changeup and curveball. While his control merits only a 50 grade at this point, he showed more polish than expected in his pro debut and cut his walk rate to 2.5 per nine innings in low Class A late last season.
You can also check out a prospect video on Alvarez, here.
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Turner Ward on the Dodgers raising their hitting game."
“There are adjustments that players have to be willing to try and sometimes you have to try those in the game,” Ward said. “I can only speak from the experience of other hitters in the past I’ve been able to work with who have been able to literally sit on pitches or go up there and open up their stance a little or change the bat angle just a little bit because the ball comes off at (a different) angle. Sometimes the angle gives less room for your swing to get the depth you want, and so sometimes the player has to make those type of adjustments.”
- Via Ritch K. Eich at Industry Week; "5 Modern Leadership Lessons from Jackie Robinson."
"Robinson was a natural leader who understood the importance of working with others, being true to yourself, and balancing personal and professional commitments. As we approach the 70th anniversary of his groundbreaking accomplishment, this athlete from a past generation can teach today’s new workers a thing or two about hitting a home run in the workplace:"
- Focus on results
- Accept challenges
- Don’t settle for less
- Balance work and life
- Support a community organization you care about even if it’s only a few hours a month
- Congrats, Yasiel! Via his twitter yesterday:
Introducing to the world my big boy Daniel Sebastian Puig! Thanks God 🙏🏽👨👦👶🏽#puigbabyboy #puigyourfriend #babypuig pic.twitter.com/omRL6cQCR6— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) February 3, 2017
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